The Dutch are serious bicycle riders, both in their cities and in rural areas. My family and I walked all around Amsterdam but took a bicycle tour out into the countryside on the dikes that enclose polders (low-lying areas that have been drained and have become farmland). We met tens of families and individuals happily peddling along. This was in 2004. By now, many of these bikes have been electrified or riders have bought new electric ones. I think Gazelle and Batavus were among the most popular brands in the past, but many other companies sold bikes. We need to return to the Netherlands and see how people with a long tradition of biking are doing and what they are riding.
Here are a collection of interesting bicycles in Amsterdam. (I was inspired by my friend Jim Grey, who posted pictures of bicycles from Indiana.)
|Commuting bicycle with enclosed chain|
|Polka-dotty step-over frames|
|Big wheel (28" ?) cruising bicycle|
|Step-over bicycle with rusty chain, drum brake, and light generator. Note comfort seat.|
|At the Amsterdam central train station.|
|Newer step-over with enclosed chain. Are those white sidewall tyres?|
|Step-over without hand-operated brakes. More white sidewall tyres??|
|Sturdy worker bike with double upper frame bars.|
|Extended wheelbase bicycle for carrying two children. Note the front enclosed drum brake.|
|Two more Waffenrads?|
|Bicycle bridge and brave pedestrian crossing a canal.|
|Oops, this lady should have ridden her bike that day. Town of Edam.|
The tow truck had a bit of a challenge retrieving the little red car because the tree was in the way and the road was narrow. Maybe this happens a lot?
These are early-vintage digital files from a compact Kodak LS743 digital camera. It applied too much JPEG compression but otherwise did a surprisingly nice nice job for 2004 technology. This was the first digital camera in the family and it served us well.